Kate Konschnik, founding Director of the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative, presented at the New Directions in Regulation seminar series, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Regulatory Policy Program, on September 17. Her presentation, Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Reporting and Disclosure: Analysis of FracFocus Data and Lessons Learned, discussed the challenges and opportunities for improvement in industry reporting of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
Twenty-eight states now require producers to report the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing to FracFocus, an online registry. Kate Konschnik described the challenges of early voluntary efforts, which resulted in to error-laden data, and the evolution of the FracFocus database.
The Environmental Policy Initiative has been working at the forefront of shale gas policy, and in a 2013 report, Kate Konschnik raised her concerns about the FracFocus database. Since then, the Department of Energy, EPA, states and other stakeholders have worked to improve the site, including the quality of the data. The Environmental Policy Initiative will continue to provide guidance to states, investigate best regulatory practices, and analyze the role of information disclosure in shale gas development.
View Kate Konschnik’s presentation, Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Reporting and Disclosure: Analysis of FracFocus Data and Lessons Learned, and listen to the presentation online.